At the BBQ competition in July, Eric and his team finished 23rd overall out of 34 teams, with a personal finish of 14th place for burgers, and a team finish of 9th in People’s Choice, with the help of his BBQ Mac-n-Cheese! Afterwards, his family went camping at Lake Billy Chinook and traveled to North Dakota for a family wedding. He and Amy are now preparing for an “empty nest” household!
Sarah is pleased to announce that she passed her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam in July! She will officially earn her CFP® certification after completing additional months of experience. In the meantime, she and Peter celebrated with a day trip to Hood River, plus enjoyed finishing their second 5K race together and taking Sarah’s parents to the Bend area during their visit from Minnesota.
Katherine’s summer has been quiet. With her mother living with her, there is not much opportunity to get away. Therefore, she has been enjoying the simple things in life: walking her dog, working in the yard, and enjoying time with friends.
Larry and Laurie had a nice, relaxing summer. Laurie was busy with golf, pickleball, and the River City Rock Star Academy. She sang Grand Funk’s version of “Some kind of Wonderful” for her final. Larry was busy with golf and puttering around the house. As you read this, they have returned from a vacation in Maui and are looking forward to heading into the fall with some cooler weather.
Out and About
Our team ended the quarter with an opportunity to support the Marion Polk Food Share as the Harvest Sponsor for their annual Farm to Table Dinner & Auction, which was back again in person this year. We enjoyed spending a beautiful evening supporting the Food Share’s efforts in working to end hunger and its root causes in our area.
Individual team members also got out and about, with Larry traveling to meet with some of our clients located on the Oregon Coast for a week in July.
Katherine helped coordinate the Paws for Love Therapy Dogs’ booth at Walk-N-Wag, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Willamette Vital Health (formerly known as Willamette Valley Hospice). Paws for Love provides certified therapy teams that visit local schools, libraries, medical settings, and living settings. She and her Sheepadoodle, Quill, were one of the teams manning the booth and sharing the joys of being a therapy team.
Eric used his BBQing skills by volunteering to grill for the Salem Fire Foundation’s fundraiser, an event for the Salem Fire Department and first responders to support life-saving programs such as providing CPR and AED classes and purchasing lifesaving equipment. Sarah helped organize McKay High School’s Music Day, a city-wide, door-to-door fundraiser that each of the Salem-Keizer high school music programs do in their respective areas to support their band, choir, and orchestra programs. She and Peter also lent their time as volunteer pourers for the Boys & Girls Club’s newly renamed Salem on Tap Brewfest (formerly Cinco de Micro Brewfest), which supports their afterschool and summer programming for school-aged kids aimed at helping them reach their full potential.